Today I am going to tell you about the story of a sex slave who turned out to be an activist.
From jihadists' slave to global champion for women, this girl campaigns relentlessly, narrates her story to the world to gain support for all Yazidi survivors and defend the rights of marginalized ethnic and religious minorities.
The name of this girl is Nadia Murad Basee Taha was born in 1993 in Kojo, Sinjar, Iraq. Nadia was kidnapped from her hometown Kojo in the year 2014 and held by the Islamic State for three months. She was then taken to a slave market, where Nadia was chosen as a sex slave by the judge. From being treated like a servant, she was beaten and assaulted every single day. She became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people.
After surviving this hell of a life, Nadia is currently living in Germany as a Human Rights Activist. In the year 2016, Nadia was awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe. After one year she was also named the UN's first goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking.
Surprisingly Nadia Murad Basee Taha is the first Iraqi to be awarded a Nobel Prize. This 25 year old girl also wrote a book which depicts the brutality, the setback and her comeback. The name of this book is "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight against the Islamic State".
In the year 2018, Nadia Murad Basee Taha and Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist (who works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels) were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict".
Not just this but Nadia is also the founder of an organization- “Nadia's Initiative”. This organization aims to help women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities.
Well, the bravery of Nadia is just speechless. She teaches every girl the true meaning of courage and the fighter.